hammer and tongs


adverb

with great vigor, determination, or vehemence: When he starts a job he goes at it hammer and tongs.

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Origin of hammer and tongs

First recorded in 1700–10
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Idioms and Phrases with hammer and tongs

hammer and tongs

Forcefully, with great vigor. For example, She went at the weeds hammer and tongs, determined to clean out the long neglected flowerbed. Often put as go at it hammer and tongs, this phrase alludes to the blacksmith's tools. [c. 1700]

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